Besides regular class-work and independent studies courses with a professor, there are many other opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in research in mathematics both directly here at San Jose State and at other institutions. Some of these programs run during the semester and some are workshops on special topics that typically take place during the summer.
Opportunities at SJSU
- CAMCOS (Center for Applied Mathematics, Computation and Statistics) is a course at SJSU (Math 203) in which a student research team tackles a project in applied and computational math or statistics with the help of a faculty mentor. Previous industry sponsors include NASA, Intel and IBM. See the CAMCOS website for details. To be on a team, you need to fill out and submit an application (details can be found here). There are no official prerequisites, but some experience with linear algebra (Math 129A), differential equations (Math 133A) and statistics (Math161A) is a plus.
- The College of Science Advising Center keeps a list of undergraduate student research programs at San Jose State.
- The Office of Graduate Studies and Research at SJSU keeps a list of all organized research units (ORUs) at San Jose State. Some of those ORUs offer undergraduate research opportunities.
Opportunities outside SJSU - for undergraduate and graduate students
- Internships: Application deadlines for most summer internships are in the previous winter or fall.
- NIH (National Institute of Health) summer internship program (apply before mid-November for summer programs)
- DoE (Department of Energy) offers summer internships at many sites including these three in the Bay Area:
- DHS (Department of Homeland Security) offers undergraduate scholarships and summer internships
- Office of Science (with the DoE) offers science undergraduate laboratory internships
- NSA (National Security Agency) offers internships in cryptology and a Mathematics Summer Employment Program (MSEP) for U.S. citizens.
- NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) offers internships and research positions.
- IBM has internship opportunities.
- ASA (American Statistical Association) keeps a list of available undergraduate internships in statistics at companies all across the country. The list includes employers such as Amgen, Genentech, Google, Eli Lily, the SAS institute, and the U.S. Census Bureau.
- AMS (American Mathematical Society) keeps a list of available undergraduate internships in mathematics at companies and government agencies. The list includes employers such as Boeing, Intel, Texas Instruments, Wolfram Research (the Mathematica people), SAP and many others.
- REU stands for "Research Experience for Undergraduates". Numerous universities across the country hold REU's over the summer in many different areas (including topics from mathematics and statistics). You can find a comprehensive list of REU offering universities and detailed information on each program at this NSF site. Typically, applications are due early in the year (January - March) and the programs themselves are offered during the summer months (June - August). For the NSF REU programs financial support is restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. International students can apply, but may not receive a stipend or travel reimbursements. What should you expect when participating in a REU? The program will likely supply you with a travel stipend, lodging (probably a dorm room), possibly free meals, and a stipend of around $3000. Students work in small teams mentored by a faculty member on a mathematical problem. The area the problems are taken from is often described in the call for applications. The projects may take 6-8 weeks and sometimes financial support for travel to present findings at a conference are included in the stipend.
- Examples of past REU topic areas and locations:
- Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - Mathematical and Theoretical Biology
- Brigham Young University, Provo, UT - Minimal Surface Problems, Geometric Optimization, Commutative Algebra
- CSU San Bernardino, CA - Geometry, Knot Theory
- CSU Chico, CA - Dynamic Geometry, Knot Theory, Mathematics Education, Mathematical
Modeling, and Number Theory
- Canisius College, Buffalo, NY - Geometry and Physics on Graphs
- Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI - Geometry, Graph Theory, Matrix Theory and Statistics
- Clemson University, Clemson, SC - Computation, Combinatorics, Number Theory
- College of William and Mary, WIlliamsburg, VA - Matrix Analysis
- Cornell University, NY - Analysis on fractals, Geometric Differential Equations, Optimality and
- East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN - Probability and Discrete Mathematics
- George Mason University, Fairfax, VA - mathematical modeling,computational biology and neuroscience,
mathematics of materials
- Grand Valley State University, MI - Wavelets, Hausdorff Metric Geometry
- Hope College, MI - Algebra, Probability, and Analysis
- Indiana University, Bloomington, IN - algebra, applied mathematics, analysis, dynamical systems, geometry,
logic, pde, topology
- Institute for Advances Study/Park City Mathematics Institute, Salt Lake City, UT - Image processing, Compressive Sensing
- Iowa State, Ames, IA - mathematical biology, linear algebra, dynamical systems, numerical
analysis, and graph theory
- James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA - knot theory, probability and statistics,
algebraic graph theory, and applied/computational mathematics
- Kent State University, Kent, OH - Linear Algebra
- Lafayette College, PA - Differential Geometry, Probability Theory, and Combinatorics
- Louisiana State University, LA - Algebra, Graphs, Braids and Knot Theory
- Mississippi State University, MS - applied mathematics, biostatistics
- Missouri State University, Springfield, MO - Algebra, combinatorics, numerical analysis, differential equations.
- Mount Holyoke College, MA - Number Theory, Algebraic Geometry and Applied Analysis
- NC State University, Raleigh, NC - Modeling, Industrial Mathematics
- Northern Kentucky University, KY - Mathematical Cryptology
- Oakland University - Medical Simulations, Mathematical Models in Engineering, Interconnection
Networks, High Throughput Screening Analysis, Algebraic Curves and
- Oregon State University, OR - Analysis of Algorithms, Geometry, Population Dynamics, Geometric
- Penn State, Erie, PA - Mathematical Biology
- Penn State, University Park, PA - Algebra, Analysis, Geometry
- Rice University, Houston, TX - Statistics
- Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY - Graph Theory, Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations, Topology
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN - Computational Number Theory, Geometric Analysis
- Rutgers University - New Brunswick, Piscataway, NJ - Discrete mathematics, computer science, statistics, biomathematics,
biomedical applications, homeland security applications
- San Diego Sate University, CA - biomathematics, statistics
- Scripps College, Claremont, CA - Algebra, Number Theory, Metric Spaces, Knot Theory
- SUNY Potsdam, NY - Algebras, Applied Graph Theory, Lie Algebras, and Topological Graph
- Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA - Quantum Information Theory
- Texas A&M University, College, TX - Matrix Analysis and Wavelets, Modeling Complex Ecosystems
- University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD - scientific computing, parallel computing, statistical computing,
interdisciplinary projects, computational mathematics, numerical
- University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ - Geometry, geometric flows, discrete differential geometry, dynamical
systems, Lie groups
- UC Los Angeles, CA - Industrial projects
- US Santa Barbara, CA - algebra, graph theory, matrix theory
- University of Georgia, Athens, GA - Structure and Randomness: An Invitation to Arithmetic Combinatorics
- University of Illinois, Urbana, IL - Stochastic modelling, actuarial and financial mathematics, experimental
- University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN - Discrete Mathematics, Combinatorics, Graph Theory
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE - Elemental Dynamics in Biology, Game Theory and Population Dynamics,
Differential/Difference Equations on Time Scales
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC - non-linear dynamics, nonparametric statistics, infectious diseases,
behavioral ecology, phenotypic plasticity, enzyme kinetics
- University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC - geometric group theory, graph theory and combinatorics, metric geometry,
- University of Tenessee, Knoxville, TN - Combinatorics, Knot Theory
- University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT - Number theory, algebraic number theory, quadratic forms
- University of Washington, WA - Inverse Problems
- University of West Georgia - Combinatorics, Number Theory, & Graph Theory
- University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI - Analytical and numerical solution of physical problems, Invariant
Polynomials, Cohomology and Deformation Theory, Non-Archimedean
- University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY - Conservation Laws & Applications, Spectral Graph Theory, Scientific
- Valparaiso University, IN - combinatorics, number theory, infectious diseases, mathematical modeling
- Virginia Tech, VA - Modeling and Simulation in Systems Biology
- Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN - Abstract Algebra and Mathematical Modelling
- Willamette University, Salem, OR - graph theory, statistics, and wavelet analysis
- Williams College, MA - Bayesian Statistics, Ergodic Theory, Geometry, Number Theory,
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA - Applied / Industrial Mathematics
- For current list of REU institutions and topics look here.
Opportunities outside SJSU - for graduate students
NSF - East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI): The goal of the program is to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in thecontext of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. The institutes last approximately eight to ten weeks from June to August.
Application due on the second Wednesday in November - visit www.nsf.gov/eapsi for more information.